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National Horizons Centre (Biosciences)

National Horizons Centre (Biosciences)The National Horizons Centre (NHC) is a £22.3m centre of excellence for the bioscience industries. With research, partnerships and training at its core, the NHC brings together industry, academia, talent and world-class facilities to create real-world impact.

National Horizons Centre (Biosciences)

The centre is focussed around three core specialisms:

  • Disease-specific research
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Digital analytics and machine learning

Through fundamental and applied research, the NHC prides itself on discovering diseases earlier, developing novel treatments and delivering life-saving medicines quicker, safer and more affordably.

It works with a range of public and private sector partners to accelerate innovation, including public health organisations, academic institutions, business start-ups, SMEs and multinationals.

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Meet the team

Professor Vikki Rand

Professor Vikki Rand

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Research at Teesside

Nicole Beddard

Research is key to finding new ways of changing things through interventions and bio-scientific methods. Without it, I wouldn't be here as research into retinoblastoma, an eye cancer, saved my life.

Nicole Beddard, Senior Technician


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